Contain China

NEW DELHI/COLOMBO/BERLIN | | chinaindiensri-lanka

NEW DELHI/COLOMBO/BERLIN (Own report) - Today, Tuesday, German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen will begin several days of talks in New Delhi on questions of military and arms policies. India's new armament projects are the immediate reason for von der Leyen's visit. India wants, among other things, to construct German submarines under license, and Berlin is seeking a more intensified cooperation in foreign and military policy. This visit will prepare numerous agreements, within the framework of the German-Indian government consultations, scheduled for October. It takes place in the context of India's efforts to roll back China's influence in the Indian Ocean - an effort Berlin supports. Sri Lanka is a current point of contention of this power struggle. Over the past few years, this strategically important island nation has begun to ally itself closely with Beijing. To avoid a too strong dependency on China, the new Sri Lankan government - in office since January - is seeking to reduce its ties to China and strengthen relations to the West. Last week, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomed his Sri Lankan counterpart in Berlin, to reinforce Germany's position in Sri Lanka - in light of the power struggle with Beijing. more…

NEW DELHI/BERLIN | | indien

NEW DELHI/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin seeks to use Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's current visit to Germany to strengthen India's ties to the western camp in the West's struggle for global influence against Russia and China. Years ago, the Federal Republic of Germany had established a "Strategic Partnership" with this Southern Asian nation. This partnership will now to be reinforced, particularly at the economic level. Recently, New Delhi has expanded not only its cooperation with some of the western countries, but above all, it has strengthened its ties to Russia and China. India does not participate in the west-imposed sanctions on Moscow, but does participate in the foundation of global institutions - including the BRICS-Development Bank as well as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) - opposing the existing western hegemony. Western strategists' plans of pitting New Delhi against Beijing, to insure western global hegemony, have been unsuccessful so far. Berlin now seeks to relaunch the effort. more…

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/MOSCOW | | russische-foederationindienbrasiliensuedafrika

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Own report) - The EU and the USA are having little success in inducing friendly nations to join their sanctions against Russia. Following a visit by the EU's Foreign Policy Representative, Federica Mogherini, Ankara announced, Monday, Turkey will not support these measures, but rather continue its cooperation with Moscow. In India, as well, one hears in the lead-up to Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit - which begins today - that cooperation will be continued, because of common interests, for example to defuse Cold War-like tensions. India, along with other countries previously particularly close to the West - such as South Africa and Brazil - have a differentiated view of the Ukrainian conflict, a view, which does not exclude the West's role. For example, in the Indian debate, "the argument that Russia had re-drawn internationally recognized borders in Europe," is not taken seriously - after all, the West had done the same in destroying Yugoslavia, according to a report by the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation. A Norwegian think tank notes that Brazilian foreign policy makers are no longer inclined to remain silent on western countries' human rights violations, while loudly criticizing those of others. Observers find that the world "order" under western domination is beginning to crumble. more…

NEW DELHI/BERLIN | | indien

NEW DELHI/BERLIN (Own report) - With his visit to India, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is seeking to strengthen German relations with a potential rival of China. He arrived Saturday in New Delhi to intensify economic and political cooperation. In view of the persisting Euro crisis and the decline of business transactions with Russia, Germany is seeking to find alternative export opportunities for its companies. Berlin is also seeking close cooperation in the fields of foreign and military policy to support an integration of India into the Western alliance. India's new President Narenda Modi, who has been strongly criticized because of his party's anti-Muslim slander and his role in the 2002 pogroms, is currently intensifying cooperation in foreign and military policy with Japan and Australia, two central Western allies of the Pacific Basin. Australia is moving closer to NATO and Japan is intensifying the conflict with the People's Republic of China. more…

LEVERKUSEN/NEW DELHI | | indien

LEVERKUSEN/NEW DELHI (Own report) - Critics of Germany's Bayer Corp. are calling for an investigation into deaths during Bayer's testing of medicines in India. In 2010, alone, at least five people died from side effects in the course of testing the new medicine Xarelto, which the company has hopes of making millions in turnovers. Bayer is carrying out numerous clinical studies in India because the conditions there are more cost effective - "a large reservoir of test persons, unbeatable prices, rapid processing and a deficient supervision," explain observers. The deaths must be clarified as soon as possible. For years, Bayer, in the course of its expansion into Asia, has also been expanding its business relations with India, but with less progress than hoped. The company seeks to attain a one billion Euro company turnover by 2015, which would necessitate the expansion of the pharmaceutical sector into India. The German company, which until recently had denied having problems with side effects in its medical tests, is fervently pushing ahead with its expansion. more…

NEW DELHI/BERLIN | | indien

NEW DELHI/BERLIN (Own report) - The first German-Indian Government Consultations, which opens today, will be used by Berlin to promote the creation of an alliance in opposition to an emerging China. The German ambassador to New Delhi considers this meeting "a milestone in the cooperation between the two countries." It should strengthen the existing "strategic partnership" between Germany and India. Until now, Berlin has only held government consultations with governments in Europe and Israel. Economic relations will be a prominent focus during these talks. Berlin's relevant business policy organizations are promoting business relations with India, because they promise record-breaking profits. In fact, company relations with India are intended to underpin Berlin's efforts to gain influence, aimed at instrumentalizing traditional Indian-Chinese rivalry, to have this Asian counter-power hamper China's emergence. Therefore, the German government is promoting India's arms buildup. The German chancellor seeks to win New Delhi over as a customer of the Eurofighter. India is supposed to buy more than 120 of these jet fighters for twelve billion US dollars. The EU supports German cooperation plans, seeking, itself, to soon finalize a free trade agreement with India - after having recently signed a declaration on joint Indian Ocean naval activities. more…

China's Rival

NEW DELHI/BERLIN | | indien

NEW DELHI/BERLIN (Own report) - The German foreign minister will be visiting India for the next few days, to intensify cooperation with one of China's most important Asian rivals. The visit will be focused on the development of business relations, which, in spite of the ambitious targets set and pretentious accords reached, has lagged far behind business with Beijing. Berlin is interested, among other things, in a rapid conclusion of the EU Free Trade Agreement with India, expected to appreciably enhance trade. These plans have been heavily criticized, not least of all because this could jeopardize the inexpensive production of generic medicine, which could save hundreds of thousands of lives. Berlin is also particularly protective of its arms industry companies, seeking to increase their production profits, which, because of austerity measures at home, seek new markets abroad. India is now supposed to buy German tanks. Columnists in the German press are drawing up a critical interim balance sheet on the fruits born by the efforts to build up India to become China's Asian rival. They note that China's influence is growing "much stronger than India's." more…

Deadly Poison

LEVERKUSEN/NEW DELHI/SHANGHAI | | chinaindien

LEVERKUSEN/NEW DELHI/SHANGHAI (Own report) - The Bayer Corporation of Germany is pushing its expansion into Asia with the sales of highly dangerous pesticides and is thereby accepting that the regional rural population could be seriously contaminated. As Malaysian specialists have been criticizing, Bayer is offering to India and other Asian states pesticides that the World Health Organization (WHO) classifies as Class I ("extremely hazardous"/"highly hazardous"), even though the export and use of these chemicals run contrary to the norms of the United Nations' (FAO Code of Conduct) and can be deadly to humans. In India, Bayer, one of the largest German chemistry enterprises, is the agrochemical market leader. Bayer considers India to be one of the most promising markets in the Asia-Pacific region, where the company seeks to appreciably increase its business volume. Bayer achieves already approximately 16 percent of its worldwide total revenue and makes its largest foreign investments in the region. more…

HANOVER/BERLIN/NEW DELHI | | indien

HANOVER/BERLIN/NEW DELHI (Own report) - The German Chancellor has announced a further intensification of cooperation with India and is considering sending supplies from the German nuclear industry to the nuclear power state. This is the result of the recent meeting between Angela Merkel and the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. Since some time, India has become the target of a German influence offensive, bent upon strengthening that country as an Asian counterweight to the People's Republic of China and as a regional controlling power for Southern and Southeast Asia. German government circles are therefore offering New Delhi large scale arms supplies. Although Washington is pursuing similar plans on the Subcontinent, Berlin still has sufficient leeway for an independent policy, one learns in the German capital: India needs cooperation partners, to be able to avoid a too strong dependence upon the United States. A report, made public April 23, explicitly refers also to the bilateral military cooperation. more…

NEW DELHI/BERLIN/HANNOVER | | indienchinausa

NEW DELHI/BERLIN/HANNOVER (Own report) - The German government intends to respond to the US furnishing arms to India, with an economic policy offensive and with having German clout more clearly felt in New Delhi. President George W. Bush recently announced that the USA would like to fortify India's nuclear potential and assured appropriate deliveries. These offers are directed against the People's Republic of China. In order to better staff the front, in the making, at the Chinese border, the Foreign Ministry is sending a diplomat, who is an insider of Berlin's power circle, to become the new Ambassador in the Indian capital. Chancellor Merkel will participate in a German-Indian business meeting in April and will personally plead for the further intensification of trade relations, due to be dramatically expanded in the near future. Having already announced in 2000, an "Agenda for the German-Indian Partnership in the 21st Century," Berlin wants to enhance its own influence on the subcontinent and, for quite some time, has been skeptically observing the rapprochement between India and the USA. more…